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Gerry Adams ‘will sue over BBC Spotlight’

Gerry Adams is set to take legal action against the BBC over allegations made in a Spotlight programme regarding the murder of Denis Donaldson, the Anderstonstown News reports.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams. Credit: Presseye

Speaking to the newspaper on Wednesday night, the Sinn Féin president said he had consulted with his lawyers after a claim was made in the broadcast that he sanctioned the informer’s killing.

The Spotlight allegations were made by an anonymous man, who claimed he was also a paid state agent in the IRA.

According to the Andersonstown News, Mr Adams said: “We will now be taking legal action against the BBC in relation to the totally false allegation contained within the BBC Spotlight broadcast.”

The Sinn Féin president added that he would not be making further comment.

Sinn Féin official turned state informer Denis Donaldson. Credit: Pacemaker

Denis Donaldson, a Sinn Féin official and close colleague of Mr Adams, was shot dead at an isolated cottage near Glenties in Co Donegal in April 2006.

He had been living in the remote area following his exposure as a state agent.

A dissident republican group, the Real IRA, claimed responsibility for the murder in 2008.

However, the circumstances surrounding Mr Donaldson's outing as a British agent and his subsequent death have long been shrouded in mystery.